G: What’s your favourite season and type of weather?
P: That would be autumn! How I love the fall. The leaves turn such vibrant shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown. I love the crispness of the air. I like to wear long pants and light sweaters. I love to see pumpkins and Indian corn and haystacks and corn mazes and visit apples orchards and fall festivals.
If only the nights would get longer instead of shorter! However, early darkness makes for delightful bonfire weather and lends itself to stealth kisses on hayrack rides.
September feels more like the start of a new year to me than January. Gearing up for school and the influx of new students gives me an extra boost of energy. Of course by Christmas break, I’m wiped out. But I rally in autumn.
I also love the idea of harvest time. It’s deeply satisfying to know that eventually hard work pays off and there is a time when we can reap the rewards of our efforts.
If midlife were a season, it would be autumn. It’s easy to look back on spring chicken days or dare to bare summer days and think those were the glory days. But truthfully, I’ve never been more comfortable in my skin, in my wisdom, in my choices, in my life in general as I am now.
I’ve spent my whole life seeking something that felt just beyond my grasp. Finally this summer I’ve been able to connect the dots and see that in many ways I’ve arrived. It’s time now to harvest the random seeds I’ve sown and scattered about over the years. Some have grown into gifts I hardly recognize as mine.
And because I know what comes next, there is an urgency to be here now, fully present to this moment. Appreciating these gifts is made more poignant by the fact that they are all impermanent.
What about you? What season is your favorite? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Or play along with the No Matter What Game by journaling along with me each day. Gillian is available to send prompts your way as well. Contact her at www.gillianpearce.com.